Dave Anderson East Lansing, Michigan, b. 1970

Biography

Dave Anderson is an award-winning, cross-media storyteller. His photography and films have been exhibited, published, screened, and lauded internationally. Anderson's work has been profiled in numerous media outlets, ranging from Good Morning America to The New York Times and The New Yorker. According to photography critic and curator Vince Aletti, Anderson’s work is "as clear-eyed and unsentimental as it is soulful and sympathetic." National Public Radio (NPR) praised his films, saying they are, "in short...awesome."

 

Anderson studied with photography professor Keith Carter at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He does not consider his technique to be documentary but rather hopes to create an “ethereal portrait of a place,” using black and white portraits to tell a story. As a young adviser in Clinton’s White House, he helped craft media strategies. He later oversaw MTV's road-tripping multimedia election extravaganza, the “Choose or Lose” Bus, which traveled to forty-seven states, welcoming all the presidential candidates and Rosa Parks aboard. They helped register over 250,000 young people to vote.  An accomplished writer, Anderson was blogging before the term had even been invented. He has had multiple short stories published, including one in the Paul Auster-edited, best-selling non-fiction anthology True Tales of American Life. He also has contributed original pieces for multiple national magazines. 

 

Anderson’s acclaimed photographic monographs, Rough Beauty (2006), One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds (2010), and Charleroi (2012), have been published in three languages and praised as "stunning" by The New York Times and "amazing" by Belgium's Le Soir. His long-running video series for the Oxford American, SoLost and SoLit, along with Southword, which he co-produced with NPR, received national acclaim and multiple awards. His editorial photography has been featured in the Esquire, Germany's Stern, The Smithsonian, and Time, among others.

 

Anderson has been exhibited across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; University of Louisville Photographic Archive, Louisville, Kentucky; and among numerous private collections.